Matching Gift Challenge for September 2020 Only
Thanks to the vision and generosity of our Board of Directors, gifts of any size made through 30 September will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to a total of $100,000.
Learn more HERE and help us meet our challenge!
RBS is now offering a varied series of free digital programs centered on bibliography and the history of the book. These programs will focus on the study of textual artifacts and their crucial role in shaping understandings of cultural heritage and informing humanistic research. The offerings include five series: a Course-Related Content Series offered by RBS faculty members that will be available to students who were enrolled at RBS this summer in some cases and, in others, open to wider audiences; a Panel Discussion Series, featuring RBS faculty members and colleagues from the broader book community; a Young Book Lovers Series, designed to engage K-12 audiences as well as others new to the book; a Lecture Series, building off of RBS’s traditional programming; and a BiblioVideo Series, highlighting pedagogy and research with textual artifacts.
This content, while not a substitute for Rare Book School’s full courses, will provide an opportunity to gather and pursue our shared love of learning what bibliographical materials reveal about human history and human nature, how to care for these remarkable objects, and how to share what we know with the wider world.
Check back often: new content will be announced on this website on a rolling basis. Use the tabs below to find more details.
Course-Related Content Series
In this series, members of our faculty will be discussing a variety of book history topics related to the courses that they offer at RBS, or to their current research. These events will include lecture-style talks with Q&A, discussion-based sessions, and webinars. There will be a mix of offerings primarily intended for students who were admitted to an RBS course this summer; offerings that are open to general registration on a first-come, first-serve basis; and offerings that are open to everyone who wishes to attend.
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“Understanding the Mechanical Behavior of Library and Archive Materials with Changes in Relative Humidity” with Al Carver-Kubik
Monday, 5 October 2020, 5 –6:10 p.m. ET.
“Introduction to ‘The Illustrated Scientific Book to 1800’ ” with Roger Gaskell and Caroline Duroselle-Melish
Wednesday, 23 September 2020, 12 –1:00 p.m. ET.
“Materials that Made the Manuscript” with Raymond Clemens
Mondays and Thursdays, 28 September–15 October 2020, 12 –1:00 p.m. ET.
“Scientific Analysis of the Book” with Raymond Clemens & Richard Hark
Thursdays, 17 September–22 October 2020, 4 –4:50 p.m. ET.
“Luxurious and Fashionable: An Introduction to Embroidered Bookbindings” with Karen Limper-Herz
Wednesday, 29 July, 11 a.m.–12:10 p.m. ET.
“On Digital Tools: Walk-through for Digital Mappa” with Dot Porter
“Introducing the Arthur Tress Collection of Japanese Illustrated Books” with Julie Nelson Davis
Wednesday, 22 July, 4–5:10 p.m. ET.
Monday, 20 July 2020, Wednesday, 22 July 2020, and Monday, 27 July 2020, 10–11 a.m. ET.
“Islamic Manuscripts: Your Questions Answered” with Marianna Shreve Simpson and Kelly Tuttle
Thursday, 16 July, 4–5:30 p.m. ET.
“Picturing the Floating World: Ukiyo-e in Context” with Julie Nelson Davis
Wednesday, 8 July, 4–5:10 p.m. ET.
“Textual Connected Histories and Global Legacies” with Roger Chartier & John Pollack
Wednesday, 8 July; Monday, 13 July; Wednesday, 15 July, 11-12:30 p.m. ET.
“An Introduction to Letterpress Printing: A Studio-Based Workshop” with John Kristensen & Katherine McCanless Ruffin
Wednesday, 1 July, 1–2:10 p.m. ET.
“Law Books: Your Questions Answered” with Mike Widener & Ryan Greenwood
Tuesday, 30 June, 2–3:30 p.m. ET.
“Contemporary Artists’ Books: A Concise Introduction” with Tony White
Wednesday, 24 June, 6–7:10 p.m. ET.
“Adhered-Boards Construction and the Transition to Case Binding” with Todd Pattison
Monday, 22 June, 2–3:30 p.m. ET
Mondays and Wednesday, 22 June–29 June, 10–11 a.m. ET
“Spending Bloomsday Talking to Checkers, Wingtip, and Speckles: or, How to Understand the First Printings of James Joyce’s Ulysses” with John Hessler
Tuesday, 16 June, 4–5 p.m. ET
“Flowers and Letter-Writing” with Peter Stallybrass
Mondays and Wednesdays, 27 May–15 June, 2020.
Wednesday, 27 May, 2020; Monday, 1 June, 2020 ; Wednesday, 3 June 2020
“Materials that Made the Manuscript” with Raymond Clemens
Mondays and Thursdays, 18 May–8 June 2020
Panel Discussion Series
Open to everyone, these panel discussions will address a variety of topics related to textual artifacts, the bibliophilic community, and questions related to the current struggles faced by all during the pandemic.
The panel discussions will be held synchronously on Zoom with a concluding Q&A portion. Many of the discussions will be available afterward as a recording on our YouTube channel, which can be found here.
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A Fractured Inheritance: The Problems, Challenges, and Opportunities of Collecting Manuscript Fragments
Tuesday, 15 September, 5–6:30 p.m. ET, via Zoom
Tuesday, 1 September, 5–6 p.m. ET, via Zoom
Tuesday, 30 June, 4–5:15 p.m. ET, via Zoom
Tuesday, 23 June, 4–5:15 p.m. ET, via Zoom
Tuesday, 19 May, 4–5:15 p.m. ET, via Zoom
The RBS Lecture Series is a long-standing tradition. Please join us on Zoom to hear from our latest lecturers and participate in the concluding Q&A session. These lectures will be added to our digitized library of lectures for future instruction and enjoyment as well.
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Print and the Urdu Public: Newspapers, Muslims, and Urban Life in Colonial India, a lecture by Megan Robb
Thursday, 23 July, 7–8 p.m. ET, via Zoom
From Poet to Publisher: Reading Gwendolyn Brooks by Design, a lecture by Kinohi Nishikawa
Thursday, 16 July, 7–8 p.m. ET, via Zoom
An Alternative History of the Atlas, a lecture by Ayesha Ramachandran
Thursday, 2 July, 7–8 p.m. ET, via Zoom
A Hornbook for Digital Book History, a lecture by Whitney Trettien
Thursday, 18 June, 7–8 p.m. ET, via Zoom
Superheroes and Shocking Affairs, or, Adventures in Cataloging Popular Literature, a lecture by Brenna Bychowski
Thursday, 11 June, 7–8 p.m. ET, via Zoom
Young Book Lovers Series
This series, featuring a variety of book-related activities, including how-to videos you can follow in your own home, read- along(s) with our Rare Book School staff, and coloring pages based on RBS’s teaching collections, is intended for children and adults alike who love books and book history.
Follow this link to see all of our Young Book Lovers Series offerings!
This series of pre-recorded content features videos focused on pedagogy and research produced by RBS Fellows, staff, and members of the RBS community.
Check back for more information!
Previously Recorded Content